Professional Development Workshops

Graduate Student Success Series

Collaborating with a number of units across campus, the Graduate Net brings together a free workshop series to help enhance your graduate experience in all stages of your career. The workshops will help you sharpen your skills in the areas of academic, professional/career, and personal development. The workshops will help graduate students learn about resources and strategies to maximize their success at Fresno State and beyond.

Please come back and revisit the schedule as we add dates and workshops to the series.

For questions or ZOOM presentations, please contact Andrea Cortes at andreacm@csufresno.edu.

Academic Development Workshop

These workshops focus on supporting graduate students academic development. In collaboration with the Graduate Writing Studio and the Henry Madden Library, we offer workshops that will prepare you to write that next paper, from using online library tools to formatting your thesis or dissertation. Additional workshops guide students in applying for graduate research fellowships, presenting and publishing their work, and other topics important for successful researchers.

Professional Development

Partnering with the Career Development Services and SupportNet, we offer workshops to prepare you for life after graduation. These workshops include career support, resume assistance, networking, preparing for interviews, establishing successful mentoring relationships, and writing successful PhD applications.

Personal Development

Collaborating with SupportNet and the Student Health & Counseling Center, we are happy to offer workshops focused on graduate student needs. These workshops will present tips and strategies to help graduate students battle common stressors facing graduate students, improve time management, and healthy living.

Dates

September

To register for the workshops please use the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/sBYTapUwHuS5pdYn2  

Beginning EndNote

Thursday, September 6, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Madden 2127

Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Madden 2127

Customize your downloaded version of EndNote, learn the basics of how to add references and files, organize your citations and PDFs, create bibliographies and use Cite While You Write.To use your own laptop, please download EndNote before the workshop from the campus Technology Center's website: http://fresnostate.edu/help/

Downloading tips are available at http://guides.library.fresnostate.edu/endnote/downloading

*Room 2127 has laptops with EndNote

Warming Up with Excel (Level : Beginner)

Thursday, September 6, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Madden 2119

This workshop will cover some of the basics of Microsoft Excel. This workshop is very welcoming to those who have never used Excel before. We will cover the layout of Excel, entering data into excel, some useful functions, and how to make some basic tables and charts.

Google Tools for Literature Reviews

Thursday, September 13, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Madden 2127

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Madden 2127

This workshop is designed to help students understand the concept of a literature review and give the practical strategies for completing a lit review using Google Tools.

Thinking Ahead (Level : Intermediate)

Thursday, September 13, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Madden 2119

This workshop will cover some planning strategies and advanced techniques in Microsoft Excel. This workshop is welcoming to those who have used Excel a few times before. We will cover the importance of planning out a data set before data collection, using multiple sheets, constants, and the data dictionary.

Introduction to APA Style 

Tuesday,September 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Madden 2138

Thursday, September 27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  (Online via ZOOM; Meeting link will be emailed to you)

This session will provide an introduction to APA style based on the APA Manual - 6th edition. We will spend some time discussing citations and references. Bring your APA 6th Edition Manual and some post-it notes!

Developing your Scholarly Voice

Wednesday, September 12, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Madden 2143

Wednesday, September 20, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Madden 2143

This workshop utilizes the concept of "write what you know" to help student s build confidence as writers/researchers, not fall into a pattern of imitative writing, and perfect their own particular scholarly voice. We will discuss research management, the drafting process, self-imposed deadline s , revision strategies, perspective taking, and close reading to help students gain ownership over their acquired knowledge and harness their own style of information relay.

 Overcoming Writer's Block

 Thursday, September 13, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Madden 2142

 Wednesday, September 19, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Madden 2143

Having a hard time getting started on your writing? Or perhaps you are stuck somewhere in the middle. Get some strategies to help you get back on the right track.

"Excel"ing with Pivot Tables (Level : Intermediate)

Thursday, September 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Madden 2119

This workshop will cover the usefulness of pivot tables in Microsoft Excel. We will cover the importance of setting up data to properly display it with a pivot table, a useful tool managing and manipulating small or large data sets very quickly and easily. Please select from either the virtual (via ZOOM) or in person options below.

Grammar for Grad Students 

Parts of Speech - Tuesday, September 11, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Madden 2142

Sentence Construction - Tuesday, September 18, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Madden 2142

Paragraph Construction - Tuesday, September 25, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Madden 2143

This is a workshop series that will take place weekly over 5 weeks. The sessions will cover parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraph formation, essay structure, and plagiarism. Although geared to non-native English speakers, this series is helpful for anyone who wants a grammar refresher. This series is being offered in person on campus. Please select dates for which you plan on attending.

"Excel"ent Analyses (Level : Intermediate)

Thursday, September 27, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Madden 2119

This workshop will cover the Analysis Toolpak add-on Excel. We will cover how to activate the add-on and how to run some of the analyses.

October

Grammar for Grad Students 

Essay Construction - Tuesday, October 2, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Madden 2143

Avoiding Plagiarism - Tuesday, October 9, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Madden 2143

This is a workshop series that will take place weekly over 5 weeks. The sessions will cover parts of speech, sentence structure, paragraph formation, essay structure, and plagiarism. Although geared to non-native English speakers, this series is helpful for anyone who wants a grammar refresher. This series is being offered in person on campus. Please select dates for which you plan on attending.

November

To register for the workshops please use the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd2HMuZq-bDEPQWmt6sqRab8g1UhuU_d33a5uDVE1kBDJAP7A/viewform

Zoom Workshop! Avoiding Plagiarism

Wednesday, November 14, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

This session will focus on how to avoid plagiarizing the work of others in your own writing. This workshop is being offered virtually via ZOOM. A meeting link with instructions will be sent to you prior to the workshop.

Zoom Workshop! Critical Skimming and Note-Taking

Wednesday, November 28, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Most graduate-level classes have a substantial reading requirement. You may be assigned multiple chapters in a textbook or numerous journal articles for each class. This session will focus on how to read at the graduate level, and it will provide strategies for reading effectively and efficiently.  Note-taking strategies will help prepare students for writing literature reviews. This workshop is being offered virtually via ZOOM. A meeting link with instructions will be sent to you prior to the workshop. 

December

Check back for upcoming workshops!